Mummery was born 10 September 1855 at Dover, and died on 24 August 1895 while climbing the mountain Nanga Parbat in Kashmir. The son of a prosperous tannery owner, Mummery as a Child suffered from a spinal illness and poor vision. This did not prevent him from leading a very active life, and while on holiday in Switzerland in his mid-teens he saw the Matterhorn for the first time and resolved to climb it. He made his first of seven ascents of the mountain at age nineteen, going on to climb Mont Blanc two years later. During the late 1870s he made a series of daring climbs in the Alps, climbing some previously unconquered peaks and climbing others by new and untried routes, and became a hero to the British public.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.